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Government shutdown forces MacDill AFB to furlough workers

12:49 PM, Oct 2, 2013   |    comments
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A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker jet flies over MacDill Air Force Base in this Air Force photo.



Tampa, FL - The government shutdown has already made a strong impact at MacDill Air Force Base  forcing them to furlough more than 1,500 civilian workers. 

Colonel Scott DeThomas is the Commander of the 6th Air Mobility Wing.  He announced Wednesday how the cutbacks will affect the Military. 

For MacDill, it means only keeping activities that support ongoing operations around the world, national security, emergency services and other necessary military training.

Services deemed non-essential are shut down, leaving more than 1,500 employees without jobs until congress comes to a resolution.

"I would like to think that morale is high, but I would be... I think I would be lying," said DeThomas.

The commissary is among one of the several services closing due to the furloughs. 

DeThomas explained that the store is one of the best benefits of being in the military and saves families more than 30% on groceries.

"We stand together, we stand together to help one another we ensure that we take care of each other in times of need and you can see that going on across the base as we speak," said DeThomas. 

DeThomas shared that getting through the government shutdown will be a challenge for MacDill, but admits it wouldn't be the first time the military was faced with adversity.

"I expect much like other times of hardship we will weather this storm," said DeThomas.

DeThomas and the MacDill Air Force Base leadership team will revisit the furloughs weekly to determine what they will keep and will have to cut out moving forward.

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